Real Madrid's attempt to defend their LaLiga championship was derailed by a shocking 1-0 loss to Mallorca on Sunday. Nacho's odd own goal gave Mallorca the lead in the 13th minute, and Los Blancos were unable to tie the score. As he attempted to clear a cross, Nacho headed the ball high over his own goalie and into the goal, leaving his teammates speechless. On the hour mark, Carlo Ancelotti's team had a fantastic opportunity to score, but Predrag Rajkovic saved Marco Asensio's penalty. With 20 shots on goal to Mallorca's four, they enjoyed over 75% of the possession against a team that managed just one shot on goal in the 84th minute. Real's loss allows Barcelona to If they defeat Sevilla on Sunday night, they will increase their advantage over the competition to eight points. When Nacho was questioned about his own goal after the game, he responded, "It happens in football; I went for it with my head and it went in. "We had the penalty and a clear chance to score, but we couldn't." "Three points lost is a pity." "We knew it would be tight, and obviously when they went ahead, it was much more tricky," the player said. "With the kick-off time, we didn't have much rest; Mallorca are having a wonderful season.
Madrid also experienced a blow when Thibaut Courtois, their goalkeeper, sustained an injury before to the game and had to be replaced by Andriy Lunin. Due to an injury, Karim Benzema was also absent, although Madrid is optimistic that both players will be ready to play by the time their teams face Liverpool in the Champions League later this month. They made an early score, and after that it became challenging due to numerous fouls, frequent game halts, and player injuries. Ancelotti remarked after the loss, "But the team played till the end; we deserved to tie; we missed the penalty; we created chances in not much space; but we played our game. "More movement is required, slipping behind." It was challenging to play within the rules. The charge was "But when the defence is deep, it's impossible to get in behind," said the player. The champions leave on Monday for Morocco for the Club World Cup, where they will play Egypt's Al Ahly on Wednesday.
Real Madrid Suffer Setback In LaLiga Title Bid, After Shock Defeat At Mallorca
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